Aboriginal Legal Services Annual ReportAdmin
We connected 24,000 people with free and independent legal assistance through our online referral service. Finding support can be a difficult and confusing process, and our digital tools help remove these barriers and facilitate access to justice. This year, we are taking a different approach to reporting on our work, focusing on eight overarching activities: building a strong community movement; Ensure sustainable sector funding so our members can continue to do what their communities and clients need; working for First Nations justice; strengthen cultural safety in this sector; advocating for justice for victims of domestic, sexual and family violence; our work on climate justice and disaster management; youth justice; and building healthy and caring communities. In each of these sections, you will see the different dimensions of our organization`s work – our work promoting collaboration, training, our member services, our policy and advocacy, our communication work, and more. You will also see the work of several of our forty members through a series of case studies, customer testimonials and service profiles. Despite the pandemic and its myriad challenges, municipal law centers have provided free, professional, and highly respected legal and related services to nearly 55,000 people across the state this year. The work of our members has a life-changing impact for the better. We would like to thank the hard-working board members of the New South Wales Community Legal Centres and the entire New South Wales Community Legal Centre team. We welcome the work of our members and recognize that the achievements of the Summit are based on and depend on the achievements of our members.
We thank our members for inspiring and supporting our organization. We were fortunate to have an Attorney General in the person of the Honourable Mark Speakman SC who understands and supports the work of community law centres, and we appreciated the hard work and support of our colleagues in the New South Wales Community Legal Aid Legal Centres Programme and the Department for Communities and Justice. Our format aims to remind readers of our industry`s tireless efforts to make the legal system fairer. From the stories of 55,000 clients each year, a clear picture emerges of the structural issues in the justice sector that force people into the criminal justice system, that lead to legal issues that affect people`s safety and health, that prevent the same people from achieving a fair outcome, and that affect the communities in which we live. weaken. It seems clear to us that there is no point in knowing what the problems are if you do not try to solve them, then we are outrageous advocates of change. We are working with governments, communities and all sectors of the justice system to bring about this change. Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT). (2008).
Annual Report. www.alsnswact.org.au/publications?publication_category_id=1 There are 40 local legal centres across New South Wales. From Broken Hill in the Wild West to the south coast to the interior of Sydney, we support communities, fight injustice and advocate for a more just society. We focused on maintaining funding for EU law centres until June 2025, strengthening our disaster relief and preparedness, funding families and children in out-of-home care, tackling postal code inequalities to fill geographical gaps, and providing legal support to surviving victims of domestic and family violence. Our team has focused on creating spaces for collaboration and professional development despite the challenges of the pandemic. We organized more than 90 networking and training sessions as well as an annual personal conference. In 2020-2021, we called for sustainable funding for municipal legal centres through a pre-budget submission, the New South Wales budget lockout process and our sustained advocacy with the government. Our diverse training program has provided employees of municipal law centres with the opportunity to develop professionally in a variety of fields.